Rescue mission

Gospel Rescue Mission inaugurates expansion of “House of Mercy and Grace”

By Mike Cook

“We want to serve the homeless community in the best way possible,” said Henry Young, executive director of Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission (GRM), May 11, as GRM opened its newest facility, “Bethesda – House of Mercy and Grace”. at 1050 W. Amador Ave., next to GRM.

Young said the first of two buildings that are part of the expansion were delivered on May 10 and will provide housing for homeless people who choose not to stay in the mission and will serve three hot meals a day.

The buildings, House of Mercy #1 and #2, will also provide additional food storage for GRM’s pantry program, through which it supplies food to church pantry facilities in Las Cruces and County. by Dona Ana. There will also be space for mentoring/counseling, childcare and volunteers, GRM said.

The project will include a renovation of GRM’s kitchen, dining room and laundry room.

Young said GRM needed to raise several hundred thousand dollars to fund the project because costs have increased dramatically since it started a year and a half ago.

“I’ll take everyone’s money,” Young said, adding that he would accept donations of any amount.

Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tempore Kasandra Gandara also spoke at the dedication, as did Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Executive Director Nicole Martinez and State Senator Carrie Hamblen, D-Doña Ana , who is president and CEO of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. Also in attendance was Doña Ana County Republican Party Chairwoman Kimberly Skaggs, who is running for state representation.

The Green Chamber and the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce presented proclamations on behalf of the inauguration.

Young said GRM has 16 full-time employees, eight of whom are or were GRM customers.

To donate to the House of Mercy project, contact Young at 575-496-1637 and [email protected] Mail your contributions to Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, PO Box 386, Las Cruces, NM 88004. Donate online at www.lcgrm.org.

The nonprofit GRM has been in operation since 1972. In addition to its shelter, kitchen, and food bank, GRM provides clothing to those in need and operates the Rock of Ages Thrift Store, 1420 S. Solano Drive .